Officials said the two Arab League states remain far apart in
negotiations that would significantly increase the price of Egyptian gas to
The negotiations have been taking place amid suspected Al Qaida
attacks on the Arab Gas Pipeline in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, which supplies
Israel, Jordan and Syria.
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"The main problem is that Jordan wants guarantees on a minimum gas
supply," an official said.
Jordan has been dependent on Egyptian gas for more than 80 percent of
the kingdom's power requirements. Officials said Egypt has demanded to
double the price of gas while Jordan wants supplies increased from the
current 150 million to 200 million cubic feet per day. They said Jordan has
been discussing the supply of liquefied natural gas from Qatar.